MP downplays EU claims on elections violence

Murang’a County Women Representative Ms. Sabina Chege has dismissed claims by the European Union Elections Observers that the county may witness chaos during the General Elections.

Chege said claims by the EU election observers could create tension in parts of the country and they should be ignored.

Chege who was speaking at Wamahiga Secondary School in Murang’a on Wednesday, noted that the government security agencies were well prepared to contain insecurity issues in any part of the country.

She said the EU sentiments which were echoed by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) should be treated moderately to avoid creating tension among Kenyans.

EU election observers early this week warned that some parts of the country may experience chaos during elections, urging the IEBC to conduct credible elections.

On Tuesday, NCIC accused politicians of beating the drums of war during their campaigns that put the country at serious risk of violence.

NCIC stated that there are widening ethnic and political polarization and increased use of inflammatory language characterized inter-and intra-ethnic profiling by the political class and their supporters.

Chege said despite the warnings, Kenyans are not ready to engage in any clashes cautioning leaders from dividing the country on tribal lines.

Kenyans love peace so when you instill fear among the residents on occurrence of conflicts is making people to live in fear, noted the legislator.

She added, As leaders we need to conduct our campaigns in peaceful manner and every leader should sign peace agreement so as to be certain the country will remain peaceful during and after elections.

All candidates, the MP said, should be ready to accept the outcome of the elections saying rejecting the results may cause conflicts.

Elsewhere, a section of members of clergy from Gatanga have called on political leaders to tame their utterance to save the country from being plunged into chaos.

The Pentecostal churches clergy in their routine meeting warned politicians against increased incitements during campaigns.

In a forum chaired by Bishop Stephen Mwaura Ndahi, the clergy pleaded with aspirants countrywide to ensure their campaign platforms remain peaceful and cooperate fully with law enforcers.

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Source: Kenya News Agency